1. Beyonce Among Early NAACP Image Award Winners

    February 06, 2015 3:00 PM EST Beyonce , Sam Smith and Pharrell were all honored at the 46th NAACP Image Awards. Prior to Friday's televised broadcast, 45 awards were handed out, including outstanding female artist, outstanding male artist and outstanding duo, group or collaboration. See the list of music winners…

  2. Exclusive: Melissa Manchester ft. Stevie Wonder, 'Your Love Is Where I Live'

    January 30, 2015 12:52 PM EST Melissa Manchester got a little bit of schooling from her own students while making You Gotta Love the Life, her first new album in a decade. In advance of the album, Billboard is exclusively premiering her track with Stevie Wonder , "Your Love Is Where I Live." Manchester tells…

  3. Ask Billboard: Mark & Mars Move 'Uptown' to No. 1

    January 11, 2015 9:05 AM EST Lipps, Inc. and more: a history of 'funk'-y hits. Plus, more No. 15 hits for '15. As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and…

  4. From Sugarhill Gang to Trinidad James, a Look at the Influences of Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars' 'Uptown Funk'

    November 24, 2014 10:01 AM EST Part of the excitement of Mark Ronson 's "Uptown Funk," the just-released kickoff single from the DJ/producer's  Uptown Special is catching the allusions to one early '80s funk/R&B classic after another. Even on Ronson's own Facebook page fans cite "…

  5. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: 'Weird Al' Has Biggest Comedy Album Since 2011

    August 15, 2014 4:22 PM EDT Also: The 'Now That's What I Call Music!' series collects its 97th charting album, Al Jarreau returns with a No. 1 Contemporary Jazz album, and the 'God's Not Dead' soundtrack makes a heavenly sales gain. This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, the Guardians…

  6. Al Jarreau Salutes George Duke on New Star-Packed Album

    August 05, 2014 1:47 PM EDT The late musician’s influential legacy is saluted on 'My Old Friend,' featuring guests Lalah Hathaway, Dianne Reeves, Gerald Albright and more. It’s a year to the day (Aug. 5) since the untimely death of revered Grammy-winning keyboardist, composer and producer George Duke .…

  7. Playboy Jazz Festival: Allen Stone, Fantasia, Dianne Reeves Heat Up Hollywood

    June 16, 2014 6:09 PM EDT A relatively sedate audience was on hand for Los Angeles' summer rite of passage, the 36th annual Playboy Jazz Festival (June 14-15). There was no line of dancing patrons snaking around the Hollywood Bowl as in years past. Or beach balls being volleyed from box to box. But several acts…

  8. George Duke To Be Honored At Playboy Jazz Fest

    February 18, 2014 1:56 AM EST Singer Al Jarreau and bassist Stanley Clarke will celebrate the legacy of their friend and musical partner George Duke on the opening day of the 36th annual Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl. The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, which is presenting the festival for the first…

  9. Jazz Fest 2014 Lineup: Bruce Springsteen, Arcade Fire, Christina Aguilera Head to New Orleans

    January 14, 2014 1:58 PM EST The lineup for this year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is out, with Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Christina Aguilera, Phish and Arcade Fire among the major artists tapped to mark the event's 45th anniversary over two weekends this spring. Jazz…

  10. Drummer Ricky Lawson Dead at 59

    December 26, 2013 10:35 AM EST Studio drummer Ricky Lawson, a collaborator with musicians including Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins and Whitney Houston, has died at a suburban Los Angeles hospital following a brain aneurism. He was 59. Lawson's uncle, Paul Riser of Detroit, said Tuesday that Lawson was…

  11. Top 10 TV Theme Songs 1980-2011

    September 23, 2011 11:40 AM EDT Chart Article With the Fall TV season just getting underway, we combed the Hot 100 to find the last 30 years' ten hottest songs written as TV theme songs. These 10 hot TV tunes are ranked based on each track's peak on the Billboard Hot 100 chart from 1980 through Jan. 8, 2011. Few…

  12. Channeling Charted TV Themes

    September 21, 2010 11:05 AM EDT McKinley High School's most musical students began their sophomore year Tuesday (Sept. 21), as Fox's "Glee" began its second season (and drew grade-A ratings ). The "Glee" troupe performed versions of Jay-Z and Alicia Keys ' "Empire State of Mind,"…

  13. Al Jarreau Laughs Off Health Scare: 'I'm Doing Great'

    September 10, 2010 5:00 PM EDT A l Jarreau says worldwide reports of his demise were greatly exaggerated in July -- but he enjoyed them nevertheless. "I said, 'OK, finally, maybe I have arrived!," Jarreau, who underwent a catheter ablation to treat a heart arrhythmia on July 26 in Gap, France, tells…

  14. POTW: Snoop Dogg, Alicia Keys, Justin Timberlake, Foxy

    July 30, 2010 11:59 AM EDT Snoop Dogg kicked it with a thugged-out sea lion at Seaworld, Ke$ha banged on sideways drums, Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz had some family time, Soulja Boy showed off his tats, Madonna sailed the South of France, Justin Timberlake proved white men can jump, M.I.A. got her Avatar on, Diddy…

  15. Al Jarreau Getting Better, Hopes to Resume Touring Soon

    July 26, 2010 2:58 PM EDT Hospital authorities say Grammy-winning singer Al Jarreau will stay hospitalized in the French city of Marseille for three or four more days. The Marseille Hospital Authority said Sunday that Jarreau is getting better and in good spirits but will stay in La Timone hospital for monitoring. Al…

  16. Al Jarreau Stable, Changes Hospitals in France

    July 24, 2010 2:03 PM EDT A helicopter ferried Grammy-award winning singer Al Jarreau from a hospital in the Alps to one in the French port of Marseille after he suffered breathing problems in the mountains that forced him to cancel several concerts, hospital authorities said Saturday. Al Jarreau in Critical Condition…

  17. Al Jarreau in Critical Condition in France

    July 23, 2010 8:33 AM EDT Grammy-award winning singer Al Jarreau was in intensive care in a French hospital Friday after suffering breathing problems in the Alps, forcing him to cancel four concerts. Jarreau's manager, Joe Gordon, said the 70-year-old singer "is awake and he's concerned" about…

  18. The Power Of Kristine W

    March 02, 2010 11:55 AM EST This week, Kristine W scores her 15th No. 1 on Billboard's Dance/Club Play Songs chart, as "The Power of Music" ascends 2-1. In the list's history, which dates to 1974, the performer is now tied with Mariah Carey for third-most toppers. Only Madonna (40) and Janet Jackson …

  19. Ask Billboard: Energizer-Bunny Albums

    February 12, 2010 4:45 PM EST Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. HANGIN' TOUGH Hi Gary, I've noticed that over the past year-plus,…

  20. Al Jarreau Taps Roots' '?uestlove' For New Song

    August 27, 2009 8:58 AM EDT Al Jarreau , the jazz singer with a silky voice who is one of the only artists to have captured Grammy Awards in three different categories -- pop, jazz and R&B -- is branching out once again. For his latest recording, the singer has ventured into yet another genre by tapping none other…

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